The last post in this series covered #planninggoals. I talked about how to plan a scope and sequence for your school year. A mandatory prerequisite to lesson planning 🙂
What makes an outstanding Science program that supports the teachers in your school?
Calling all teachers, specialists, and principals! Its not a daunting task. I am here to help!
Do you wish your current science program included engaging hands-on activities that helped your students experience each standard in a meaningful way?
Do you wish your current science program provided rich informational texts and literacy skill building for each standard?
Do you wish your current science program offered a multifaceted approach to learning each standard to reach every type of learner on every level?
Do you wish your current science program covered the latest standards and trends in science education?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then this post is for you!
Let’s take a look at lesson planning for your science program.
Now that you have a year long plan, you can quickly and easily organize standards and materials!
You need to find a lesson planning format that will help you cover each standard in the best way. You need a variety of “teacher input” parts of your lessons. You also need a good attention grabbing intro activity to ignite curiosity and to activate prior knowledge. Literacy and hands on learning opportunities are big players in student achievement and understanding. Once you have a great selection of “inputs”, you need to find meaningful student “output” activities such as analyzing data, interactive science notebook activities, and projects. End each lesson with a formative assessment, and end each unit with a summative assessment.
I know a lot of people love the 5E lesson planning format. I used it for years before creating a format that I feel works better for me. I use a lesson planning format that I have called Science in Perfect Portions. I feel it covers each concept in depth, while presenting material in an order that is easy for students to follow. Before coming up with this Perfect Portions planning format, I spent hours finding activities and plugging them into my lesson plans. Using this for each week has been a huge time saver!
Take a look at the explanation of my lesson plan format to see how I use it to develop lessons. Click the image below to get the whole lesson planning Science in Perfect Portions kit PLUS a printable template to start planning today. **FREEBIE**
With a simplified lesson plan format, you can simply go down the line and find activities to plug into each category.
I pull up my lesson planning format template to help me decide what all I need to find for each lesson and standard.
Where do I get ideas and materials? I have two places that I frequent. I absolutely love Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers!!! Huge time savers and a great way to connect with other educators and share ideas.
My pinterest boards are filled with ideas… I am an idea hoarder, and I’m okay with that.
Since I have made it my career to create science programs and resources for schools and teachers, I am working to build a complete program for every grade level K-8! Big goals, I know, but I have 5th completed, 4th completed, and my Middle School program has many options so far. I plan to complete my K-3 programs this Summer and upcoming school year (2017-2018).
Keep an eye out for the next post and I will cover selecting high quality resources.